As of Tuesday, November 26, 2013
To the editor:
Being in the Veterans Day Parade I feel a bit more accepted as a veteran having seen all of the entries plus all of the people and especially children waving at us. Very nice parade and a good feeling- The next day I attended the Dufur School Celebration. It was very warm, moving and 1st class. You see, arriving home from Vietnam in the 60’s and 70’s was not a welcome thing. Instead of flags and people waiting to hug you and thank you, we saw protest flags and jeering.
I have had a bit of a hard time with this for over 40 years. After attending the parade and Dufur School the feeling has finally gone. All those smiling faces and waves does a lot for your soul.
Another Vietnam Vet had the same problem, I will use his name- Chuck Fuller, as he said it best, “It does not matter what you did in the service, it just matters that you served your free country. That’s something to feel good about”.